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PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members in the United States. The Twin Cities Chapter is proud to serve the metro area through support of LGBT individuals. United, we can make a difference in someone’s life by moving equality forward.

Events & Meetings

June meeting for Pride

June is Pride Month 
PFLAG Twin Cites will be participating in Pride again this year with a booth in Loring Park and our own unit in the Pride Parade.
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Our Booth location in Loring Park on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 will be the same as last year in spot Y026, in the center of the park just in front of the Rose Garden.  Please stop by and say hello.
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We will also have a unit in the Pride Parade again this year on Sunday, June 26. We will gather near to Hennepin Avenue & North 3rd Street in downtown Minneapolis at 10:00 AM.  Everyone is welcome to join us in walking in the Pride Parade.
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Our monthly meeting on June 16 will feature sign making for Pride.  You are welcome to attend our June meeting and create your own sign to use in the Pride Parade, while on the sidelines. or in the park.  You are also welcome to come to the meeting and just hang out and chat or act as encouragement to other sign makers.  We will be providing all the materials for creating signs as well as snacks and beverages.  Everyone is welcome to attend this fun and festive activity.
Our confidential support groups will be held  at 7:30 pm following the sign making party.

3rd floor Conference Center

The Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Why God, Why?

Why God Why?! Faith in Coming Out
When someone comes out, it’s world-changing moment for them and their family and friends. No matter what level of support there is in the coming-out process, it requires everyone involved to reflect on their role and relationship to the person coming out. For families coming from faith perspectives, this includes reflecting on their relationship with their communities of faith, to the teaching and values they’ve held, and to the God or gods in which they believe.
Join us for a conversation with PFLAG Twin Cities on the role of faith and religion in the coming out process. This will be an open, respectful discussion on how religious beliefs change, adapt, or disappear in the face of coming out. Facilitating this discussion will be John Fournelle, queer theologian and board member of PFLAG Twin Cities. John has his Masters Degree in Theology and writes on the subject of queer theology for his blog, for conferences and talks, and for casual conversations at coffee shops.
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Our Twin Cities chapter of PFLAG is not affiliated with any religious organization. We are a nonprofit civil rights organization with social justice and equality for all as our biggest goals. While we are not a religious organization, we do believe that people can make a difference (faith!) and that treating others with kindness and patience are great virtues.
Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 PM
3rd floor Conference Center
The Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Our small support groups will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Book reading and signing at PFLAG in April

Book reading and signing
When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next:
They get married!
But their friends want to know – who will be wearing the dress? And who will wear the tux?
The answer is: it doesn’t really matter.
Because Worm loves Worm.
This “irresistible” picture book is a celebration of love in all its splendid forms.

J.J. Austrian is a graduate of Hamline University’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. He lives in Minnesota with his family.
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The New York Times review:
” J. J. Austrian and Mike ­Curato’s Worm Loves Worm, in which two worms of the hermaphroditic variety fall in love, brilliantly explores the idea of love between two beings, regardless of gender (or species) and despite societal ­pressures. Curato’s spare but sure silhouetted images and Austrian’s straightforward text are a perfect match to deliver the simple story of two characters who just want to declare their love and commit to each other.”

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 PM
3rd floor Conference Center
The Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Our small support groups will be held  at 7:30 PM.

Transgender 101

Kyle Andrew has been an activist in the LGBT community since 1998. In the past 18 years, he has served PFLAG, the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Out 4 Good, District 202, and spoken at Outfront, Quorum, Century College, and at many, many Pride festivals . During this time, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, and more than a slight sense of humor.

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On Thursday, March 17, he will be talking about all things Transgender and Gender Diversity.  If you’ve had a loved one come out as transgender, genderqueer, agender, or anything else on the gender spectrum, you might have questions about what that means and what resources are available to you, or how you can be supportive. Question and answer section to follow. Kyle promises that there will also be cookies.

Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 PM
3rd floor Conference Center
The Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Our small support groups will be held  at 7:30 PM.

Straight Spouse Network at PFLAG in February

For our February meeting we will feature a discussion panel from The Straight Spouse Network.
  The Straight Spouse Network (SSN) is an international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates for constructively resolving coming-out problems. SSN also offers research-based information about spouse, couple, and family issues and resources to other family members, professionals, community organizations, and the public. SSN is the only support network of its kind in the world.
  In September 2008, just after her husband of 10 years revealed he was gay, Barbara Faustino found support at Straight Spouse Network and also through PFLAG with the straight spouse support group.
  Barbara began facilitating support groups for straight spouses in 2015 beginning with the PFLAG support group.  She and a panel of support group members will present information about SSN as well as their personal stories of their experiences of spouses who have come out.
Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 PM
3rd floor Conference Center
The Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Our small support groups will be held  at 7:30 PM.

January at PFLAG Twin Cities

For our January meeting we will feature a

Community Health Specialist
for the Red Door Clinic.
William Grier is a Community Health Specialist with the Red Door Clinic. His particular program focuses on queer sexual health. He will present an overview of the resources and services available at the Red Door Clinic for the LGBTQIA community.
Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 PM
3rd floor Conference Center
The Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Our small support groups will be held  at 7:30 PM.

Holiday Party at PFLAG Twin Cities

            Please join us for our annual  PFLAG Holiday Party with food, beverages, and socializing.

Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 PM

3rd floor Conference Center

The Sabathani Community Center

310 East 38th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55409

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Our small support groups will be held upon request starting at 7:30 PM.

November at PFLAG Twin Cities

Kristen Ostendorf:

One Teacher’s story of coming out, being fired and finding freedom. 
Kristen will tell her story of growing up Catholic and finding freedom in being the whole person God made her to be. After 18 years as an English teacher,  the Campus Minister and a coach at Totino Grace, Kristen was fired for speaking the truth, she is a woman in a relationship with another woman. Come hear Kristen’s inspiring story of love, truth and living.
 

Kristen Ostendorf lives in St Paul with her wife Aimee and now teaches English at Highland Park High School.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM
In the 3rd floor Conference Center at
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Our support groups will be held at 7:30 PM  
following the program.
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 South of the River PFLAG meeting notice.

Monday, November 9 at 6:30 Room #144
Prince of Peace Education Center

Burnsville, MN

Announcing the formation of a Burnsville, MN PFLAG chapter!!!

Looking for support in the South Metro area?

Check out the new PFLAG group starting up in Burnsville! All are welcome!

http://popmn.org/event/pflag-support-group/2015-10-12/

PFLAG Support Group

October 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

2nd Monday of the month 6:30 – 8:00 pm,

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Twin Cities has supported parents, friends,
family and allies of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual persons since 1973.
Parents & Family: You are not alone. PFLAG can help you understand your loved one’s sexuality or gender idendity. Our chapter members come from many walks of life and share similar feelings and experiences. PFLAG is a place of love and acceptance.
Friends & Allies: We offer support to families and friends who are going through their own coming out process when they learn that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
GLBTQ: PFLAG is family! We welcome all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning people to be a part of our family because we understand and can offer unconditional support. We provide a safe space to figure out how to “come out” to your loved ones, to support your loved one, and to be supported if your biological family will not accept you. GLBT people are always welcome at our table.
Straight Spouse: It can be devastating when your spouse comes out or discloses being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. When this happens, the straight spouse and children often go into their
own closet. You need to know, you’re not alone. Straight spouse support is available. Following our regular monthly program, we have a separate room and a group facilitator who has relevant experience to share stories and solutions with straight spouses and their families.

Details

Date:  October 12
Time:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Organizer

Leu Killion
Phone:  952-898-9320
Email:  lkillion@popmn.org

October at PFLAG Twin Cities

Minnesota NICE!
Making GLBT History in the Heartland
While almost everyone has heard of Stonewall and Harvey Milk, GLBT history was made in big and small ways all over the country. Minnesota has played a role in many important moments in GLBT history – from some of the first sex reassignment surgeries to the first gay marriage. We have something for everyone to be proud of as you will find in this brief survey of Minnesota GLBT history and the contents of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Lisa Vecoli is the curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. In her previous careers she has worked in shelters for battered women and in the political system. Her first involvement with the Tretter Collection was as a board member, solicited in the hope that her +4,000 book library might one day join the archive. Her goals are to preserve GLBT history and diversify the voices in the archive.
                                                                 Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30 PM
In the 3rd floor Conference Center at
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Our support groups will be held at 7:30 PM  
following the program.

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WHY SHOULD I DONATE TO PFLAG TWIN CITIES?

First, by donating you become a member of PFLAG Twin Cities. As a member of PFLAG, you enable us to expand our work to keep families together, educate the public and advocate for equal rights and fair treatment for LGBT people and their families. Learn more about the programs and services your contributions make possible.

We are also offering a way for your loved ones to connect with people for support, friendship and to share together in this journey.

You get bragging rights. PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind.

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Contact Us

PFLAG Twin Cities meetings are at:
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Our mailing address is:
PFLAG Twin Cities
Box 19290
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Email: admin@pflagtc.com

Phone: 612.825.1660

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